Tag Archives: parasitoid

Lepidopteran of the month: Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Here’s my Lepidopteran of the Month series, back after a few months’ hibernation. You might choose to follow my ‘butterfly’ tag for other posts in this series. Today, in June, let’s admire the small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) which I … Continue reading

Posted in ecology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Attracting or repelling insects

To an insect, some things are tasty and some things are repulsive. Of course that depends on which kind of insect is deciding what to eat. This can be important to us humans, because some insects are pests to us. … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neonics and Asian rice

A few weeks ago three ‘bee killers’, neonicotinoid sprays and seed treatments, were temporarily banned in Europe. The banned insecticides are dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now cereal farmers outside Europe are talking about what the neonic ban means for them. … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ecology, horticulture, miniculture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments